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Re: “Twice-fired state trooper reinstated

I think troopers and police in general do a great job I'm thankful for but this "doped-up" excuse is nonsense. I was there at the hearing last week for most of it. There was apparently a preliminary toxicology report or blood test that showed some amounts of drugs according to a special agent who conducted the criminal investigation. I saw the State Police attorney go over to Santa Claus (Newcomb) during a break and I could sort of make out his words "...bull%$$$." Then there was a dicsussion with the hearing officer dude up on the platform and when they were back on the record Downs, the State Police attorney, pointed out that Newcomb, the trooper's lawyer, was in on some sort of later conference call with the State Medical Examiner, Dr. Kokes, and the prosecutor in the criminal case, and Kokes withdrew his preliminary assesment based on a review of the dead woman's prescription. So I don't think you can say she was stoned out of her mind or something like the trooper's attorney argued or implied. And this wasn't a civil lawsuit anyway so what she did didn't matter I don't think.

My impression was that the commission had made up its mind ahead of time, whatever the reason. This was a disciplinary action by the Colonel of the State Police based on the trooper breaking a law that requires lights and sirens to be on when they respond to a call or whatever. The trooper's arguement was basically "everybody does it." During one break I heard one Commissioner say to the other "I hope we get this done today." The other replied, "Well, we know which way we're going with this." And the State Police attorney hadn't even finished his case yet at that point. I can't say for sure what they were referring to but can only assume since I think they took about 5 minutes to go deliberate before voting. If this had been in a real court the State Police attorney would have surely won. There was a violation of a law (something, something "202") and their policy, the trooper admitted didn't have his lights and siren on and the black box showed 103 mph 1 second before he killed the woman.

Several of the dead woman's daughters were in sitting the audience right in front of me. After the trooper got a year probation in the criminal trial and the governor-appointed Commission (apparently they all own banks according to one of the chairman's little jokes during the thing) reversed the termination, I would bet they will be after a huge lawsuit. Their attorney, Johnny or Billy Coleman I think, was there watching the whole thing with them and had to keep trying to get them to calm down. One of them clapped sarcastically when the vote was taken. Of course those millions they get are our tax dollars. I wish the least the rich Commissioners would do pay that bill for us.

A bad deal that will just get worse over time is my impression of the whole thing. I think I'll give the Governor's office my 2 cents on his appointees at the State Police Commission since I don't think they are elected. I wonder if any of them have any former law enforcement experience at all.

Now about that Highway Department....

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Posted by Blanchard Springs on 07/18/2011 at 4:47 PM


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